I made this sweet set of tags using one of Technique Tuesday's new releases, Little Ladies. For the coloring I used the watercoloring with Distress Inks technique, which I am not the inventor of but I thought I'd step out real quick if anyone isn't familiar with it.
Yes, I have all of the Distress inks. I even have one of the cases which believe it or not I found on super duper clearance at AC Moore. I just wish I had bought a second one to hold the rest of my inks before the cases went discontinued.
All of these Distress colors are rich and juicy and authentically vintage. As soon as I saw the Little Ladies stamp set I thought of this coloring technique.
First stamp the images with StazOn ink on watercolor paper. I use Fabriano Acquarello 140lb hot pressed paper. There are less expensive watercolor papers but I think this one helps the blending a lot.
What I like to do is press the inkpad down on a plate, then dip the paintbrush in water and dilute the ink a little. Test the color on the side of the watercolor paper before you start painting the image. This paintbrush I'm using is meant to be filled with water but I find I squeeze too much out and get the paper too wet so I just use it as a regular paintbrush.
This technique is very easy and forgiving and I think you'll be happy with the results even on the first try. The one thing I can say, though, is that its time consuming. I remembered this as I had my whole kitchen island covered with inkpads and saw I was just painting these 2 images, tee hee!, so I decided to stamp a bunch more and get a mass production going.